A phenomenological approach to the experiential nature of performance, and gender/queer theories and dramaturgies. (queer; gender and sexuality; directing and dramaturgy; phenomenology and affect theories)
Alyson completed a Practice as Research (PaR) PhD at the University of Melbourne (2009). The thesis, Experiencing Kane: an ‘affective approach’ to Sarah Kane’s experiential theatre in performance, included direction of Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, 2007. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies and BA Hons in Russian from Leeds University, UK, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Drama from Goldsmiths College, London. Alyson has worked as a lecturer in theatre studies/drama in the School of Creative Arts, The University of Melbourne, Queen’s University Belfast and Brunel University, London. She is also a freelance director and has worked in a broad range of situations: from the four-stage Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Fringe, independent and community theatre, to making forum theatre with secondary students. She has worked on new writing through her longtime artistic collaboration with Sydney playwright Lachlan Philpott and their independent ensemble wreckedAllproductions. Alyson directed Philpott’s play Bison in Belfast for the Outburst Queer Arts Festival (2009) and subsequently at the Oval House Theatre, London (2010). Work with Melbourne company Red Stitch Actors Theatre includes the Australian premieres of Martin Crimp’s Fewer Emergencies and Don DeLillo’s The Day Room. She recently directed the world premiere of Philpott’s The Trouble with Harry at the Mac in Belfast for Outburst Queer Arts Festival (2013). She will direct the Australian premiere, produced by MKA: theatre of new writing, in Melbourne in later 2014. Alyson’s research and practice as a director focus on two main areas: a contemporary phenomenological/affective approach to the experiential nature of performance, and gender/queer theories and dramaturgy. The former is exemplified by her PaR thesis on Kane and analysis of directing Martin Crimp’s work Attempts on her Life
Alyson is currently supervising practice-led PhDs and MFAs, including work on questions of dramaturgy, directing and scenography. She has supervised research higher degrees focusing on gender and sexuality in performance, particularly queer performance/dramaturgies. She is very happy to hear from potential students hoping to work either through practice or library/fieldwork based methods.